Annual General Meetings

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JASNA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) is a literary conference, a celebration of Jane Austen, and a collegial gathering of JASNA members.

Each October several hundred members attend the AGM, a three-day conference with an Austen theme hosted by a JASNA region in Canada or the United States. The AGM features dozens of lectures by Austen scholars and JASNA members, as well as special exhibits, entertainment, workshops, tours of the local area, and a banquet and Regency ball.

Information about the October AGM is mailed to JASNA members in the late spring. Meeting details and a registration form for the upcoming meeting are also posted on this site. Many papers presented at AGMs are published in the society’s journals Persuasions and Persuasions On-Line.

In addition, we have compiled reading lists for recent AGMs, for those inspired to read more about the conference themes.

Upcoming AGMs

2014 Annual General Meeting, Oct. 10-12, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Theme: Mansfield Park in Montréal: Contexts, Conventions and Controversies

2015 Annual General Meeting, Oct. 9-11, Louisville, KY USA
Theme: Living in Jane Austen’s World

2016 Annual General Meeting, Oct. 21-23, Washington DC Metropolitan USA
Theme: Emma at 200: “No One But Herself”

2017 Annual General Meeting, Oct. 6-8, Southern California USA
Theme: Jane Austen in Paradise

Past AGMs

2013 Annual General Meeting, Sep. 27-29, Minneapolis, MN USA
Theme: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice . . . Timeless

2012 Annual General Meeting, Oct. 5-7, New York, NY USA
Theme: Sex, Money and Power in Jane Austen’s Fiction

2011 Annual General Meeting, Oct. 14-16, Fort Worth, TX USA
Theme: 200 years of Sense and Sensibility

2010 Annual General Meeting, Oct. 29-31, Portland, OR USA
Theme: Jane Austen and the Abbey: Mystery, Mayhem and Muslin in Portland

2009 Annual General Meeting, Oct. 9-11, Philadelphia, PA USA
Theme: Jane Austen’s Brothers and Sisters in the City of Brotherly Love

2008 Annual General Meeting, Oct. 2-5, Chicago, IL USA
Theme: Jane Austen’s Legacy: Life, Love, & Laughter

2007 Annual General Meeting, Oct. 5-7, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Theme: Discovering Emma in Vancouver

2006 Annual General Meeting, Oct. 27-29, Tucson, AZ USA
Theme: Fresh Perspectives on Mansfield Park

2005 Annual General Meeting, Oct. 7-9, Milwaukee, WI USA
Theme: Jane Austen’s Letters in Fact and Fiction

2004 Annual General Meeting, Oct. 7-10, Los Angeles, CA USA
Theme: Anne Elliot in the City: Interior and Exterior Worlds

2003 Annual General Meeting, Oct. 9-13, Winchester and Chawton, England
Theme: Homecoming: The Importance of Home and Family in Jane Austen’s Life and Works

2002 Annual General Meeting, Oct. 11-13, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Theme: Jane Austen’s World: Artistic, Domestic, Political, Social

2001 Annual General Meeting, Oct. 5-7, Seattle, WA, USA
Theme: Pleasures, Pursuits, and Passions: Entertainment and Jane Austen

2000 Annual General Meeting, Oct. 13-15, Boston, MA, USA
Theme: Pride and Prejudice: Past, Present, Future

1999 Annual General Meeting, Oct. 8-10, Colorado Springs, CO, USA
Theme: Emma: Austen at her Peak

1998 Annual General Meeting, Oct. 9-11, Québec City, Québec, Canada
Theme: Northanger Abbey: the Gothic and More

1997 Annual General Meeting, Oct. 3-4, San Francisco, CA, USA
Theme: Sanditon: The New Direction?

1996 Annual General Meeting, Oct. 11-13, Richmond, VA, USA
Theme: Jane Austen and her Men

1995 Annual General Meeting, Oct 6-8, Madison, WI, USA
Theme: Revisiting Mansfield Park

1994 Annual General Meeting, Nov 4-6, New Orleans, LA, USA
Theme: Jane Austen and the Three R’s: Rebellion, Revolution and the Regency

1993 Annual General Meeting, Oct 8-10, Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada
Theme: Persuasion

1992 Annual General Meeting, Oct 16-18, Santa Monica, CA, USA
Theme: The Letters, Focusing on Travel and the Sea

1991 Annual General Meeting, Oct 11-13, Ottawa, Canada
Theme: Emma

1990 Annual General Meeting, Oct 5-7, Washington DC, USA
Theme: Sense and Sensibility

1989 Annual General Meeting, Oct 13-15, Santa Fe, NM, USA
Theme: Pride and Prejudice

1988 Annual General Meeting, Oct 14-16, Chicago, IL, USA
Theme: Jane Austen’s England

1987 Annual General Meeting, Oct 8-12, New York, NY, USA
Theme: Lady Susan, the Juvenilia

1986 Annual General Meeting, Sep 26-28, Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada
Theme: The Watsons

1985 Annual General Meeting, Oct 11-13, Savannah, GA, USA
Theme: Northanger Abbey

1984 Annual General Meeting, St. Louis, MO, USA
Theme: Persuasion

1983 Annual General Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Theme: Emma

1982 Annual General Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Theme: The Settings of the Novels

1981 Annual General Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA
Theme: Sense and Sensibility

1980 Annual General Meeting, Baltimore, MD, USA
Theme: Mansfield Park

1979 Annual General Meeting, New York, NY, USA
Theme: Pride and Prejudice